Nobody but nobody makes it out here alone. What really matters now is love. I mean, that condition in the human spirit that is so profound it allows us to rise. Strength, love, courage, kindness is really what matters. There has always been evil and there will always be evil. But there has always been good, and there is good now. – Maya Angelou
This week started out on a rocky foot and yesterday I graduated from LSE. It was one of the best days of my life and such a blessing to share the experience with my family and friends. On that note, my reflection this week is about the healing power of love. The comfort found in loved ones. The reassuring words of a friend. The outpouring of love from a stranger.
Love has the capacity to heal some of our greatest sorrows if we allow it to. If we refuse to be hardened by adversity. If we choose connection over disconnection and we stay open in moments where it is tempting to shut down. Love heals because Allah is Al-Wadud, the Most Loving. He brings people into our lives who through their actions serve as a reminder of His love and the importance of staying connected to Him.
Sitting in Peacock Theatre waiting to go on the stage yesterday, I was bowled over with emotions. I remembered orientation day when I set foot at LSE, eager to engage in a new experience. Leaving four years later, I am so grateful to Allah for his guide and to my friends and family who have been with me every step of the way. Yesterday was as much for me as it was for you.
11th of July is the remembrance Day of the genocide that occurred in Srebrenica. I would recommend for everyone to read about the ethnic cleansing of Bosnians that happened in 1995 after World War II.
Qalam Institute’s Purification of the Heart series has been my post Ramadan listen and it is life changing content!
Qalam Institute: Purification of the Heart Part 5 – Love of Allah
I loved listening to the audiobook of Born A Crime but currently reading the e-book.
Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
This video of DL Hughley discussing the treatment of Black people in America with the ladies of The View is thought-provoking and a necessary watch for everyone.
Make A Difference
Nafisa is cycling from London to Paris to raise money for a cause that I am extremely passionate about – Mental Health. Muslim Youth Helpline provides thousands of Muslims with support through their call centre, online chat and email service. The money will go towards helping the organisation continue in providing a safe space for Muslims. For Muslim readers, take advantage of the blessing of today (Friday) and donate whatever amount you can afford. May Allah bless you for your intentions Ameen!
Fundraising for Muslim Youth Helpline: Nafisa’s cycle from London to Paris
Watching the Wimbledon semi-final today between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic! The semi final was an absolute thriller. I am Nadal’s biggest fan so it’ll be exciting to see if he passes the Novak test.